Last night seven of us, friends from grade school who don’t see each other as often as we should, got together for dinner at the Kees’. Well, I say we got together for dinner, but the food hardly mattered. All I remember is the laughing. In fact, we shrieked, giggled and guffawed so long and hard, when we looked at the clock it was 12:22 a.m. Odd thing is, I can’t remember exactly what all we laughed about, although I do recall something about sexting. (Don’t ask!)

The evening started at 7 with Spiced Pear Martinis brought by Susan. Susan was in town visiting her parents who live in a retirement home. That afternoon she had lugged bottles of vodka, liqueur and Prosecco to the Treemont and made martinis in the home’s communal kitchen.

This drink starts with a simple syrup infused with cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Add vodka, top it off with Prosecco and you have a tasty pre-Thanksgiving or fall cocktail. The pear is just subtle and smooth enough to let the cold-weather spices shine through.

I don’t know if the martinis contributed to the hilarity of our dinner, but they certainly didn’t hurt. Oh, and if you heard complaints about assorted hi-jinks and late-night laughter at the Treemont Home Friday night, blame it on that delicious fruit juice the retirees found- and shared- from the second floor fridge.

Tito’s Spiced Pear Cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Slightly Adapted from Tito’s Vodka
Serves: 8 cocktails
  • Cocktails:
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup pear liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar
  • 1/2 cup spiced syrup
  • 1 bottle [i]Prosecco[/i], champagne or other sparkling wine
  • Spiced Syrup:
  • 4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 3 small pieces fresh ginger (unpeeled is fine)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 whole allspice berries
  • 20-25 whole cloves
  • 6 whole star anise pods
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  1. Mix all cocktail ingredients together in a pitcher and divide equally among 8 martini glasses. Top with the [i]Prosecco[/i] or sparkling wine and garnish with cinnamon sticks or star anise before serving.
Spiced Syrup:
  1. In a saucepan, simmer all ingredients* on low heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. (If using vanilla extract in place of vanilla bean, add the extract at this point.) Let the mixture steep for a couple of hours, then strain it into a glass container and store in the fridge.
  2. *Please note that if using vanilla extract, it is added after the syrup has simmered.

Spiced Pear Martini



Spiced Pear Martini


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